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The U.S. Mint begins taking orders for the 2017 National Park quarters circulation-quality coin set today, April 10. This set will include all five of this year’s quarters from each of the three mints that strike them. To order coins from the U.S. Mint, visit their website at www.usmint.gov, or...
The Affenpinscher was bred to exterminate rats, but has become a companion pet.
DEAR PET TALK: I know some small dogs were bred for hunting, such as rat terriers. However, there are many other small dog breeds. Apart from companionship, were dogs bred to be small for other purposes? — CURIOUS ABOUT CANINES DEAR CURIOUS: It turns out that worldwide dogs were bred to be...
Well, at least that is what my personal calendar is now focused on. Granted the weather has not really been spring but this coming week that is all supposed to change. For the better! Groups of turkeys and displaying gobblers are becoming common and that’s what tends to make this writer’s blood...
‘The Rainbow Fish’ By Marcus Pfister ——— I recently rediscovered this book when looking for classroom books for our kindergarten and 1st grade theme on water and ice. “The Rainbow Fish” tells the story of “the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean,” as he is introduced in the book. And...
Editor’s Note: Questions should be directed to the PC Doctor, care of the Athol Public Library at info@athollibrary.org or by mail at Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, Mass. 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: I have an iPhone 6S. Why, when I edit photos on...
At the northern edge of the Quabbin Reservoir, Rick Flematti has his camera at the ready for interesting waterfowl â€" and whatever else catches his eye. To the right is his copyrighted winning photo of a male fox and its kit, which was taken off Vaughn Road in town. It was chosen for a coveted spot in the Nature Conservancy calendar for 2018.
A furry male fox and his kit are featured in a photograph chosen by the Nature Conservancy to grace the cover of its 2018 calendar. The photographer who recently received word of this high honor is Rick Flematti of Athol, 66, one of several talented nature photographers living in the North Quabbin...
S.J.Res 34, have you heard of it? That’s the official name of the new federal ruling that has passed through the Senate and been signed by the Trump Administration that allows for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to sell your browser history to whoever offers up the cash, and once a company has...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a first-class rate forever stamp on April 11 in honor of Robert Panara, an advocate for educating hearing-impaired people. The design will feature a portrait of Panara communicating in sign language. This stamp will be issued in panes of 20 self-adhesive stamps...
Fairy tales make for excellent Disney movies, even a second time around. In recent years Disney has re-made many of their older movies based on age old stories such as ‘Snow White’ and ‘The Jungle Book’. However this time around they are making the movies live action rather than animated with...
Tiffany Vazquez will never forget the phone call she received at the beginning of 2016 from Turner Classic Movies vice-president of production, Sean Cameron, offering the 29-year-old Brooklyn classic film fan a rare opportunity. “Sean asked if I would be interested in becoming the new daytime...

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